Fall Protection Equipment
The mission of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) Fall Protection Committee is to make a positive difference throughout the industry for both companies and the employees of those companies in their understanding, education and application of working at height issues.
Using research, guidelines, standards and regulations to recommend the best practices possible for the safety and well being of SAIA members and non-members alike.
Work jointly with aerial lift manufacturers and fall protection manufacturers to come to a conclusive and definitive answer as to exactly what type of connecting device is best used in an aerial work platform.
Continue to educate the members of the SAIA and the industry in general on the most up to date working at heights practices and regulations.
Continue to develop and document standard operating procedures for different working at height applications/scenarios.
WHAT IS FALL PROTECTION?
There are a number of ways to protect workers from falls, including conventional systems such as guardrail systems, safety net systems, and personal fall protection systems (fall arrest systems, positioning systems, and travel restraint systems) as well as through the use of safe work practices and training.
The use of warning lines, designated areas, control zones, and similar systems are permitted by OSHA in some situations and can provide protection by limiting the number of workers exposed and instituting safe work methods and procedures. Whether conducting a hazard assessment or developing a comprehensive fall protection plan, thinking about fall hazards before the work begins will help to manage fall hazards and focus attention on prevention efforts.
If personal fall protection systems are used, particular attention should be given to identifying attachment points and to ensuring that employees know how to properly don, use, and inspect the equipment.
Downloads & Tools
Miller Gravity Kills Video – Overview of fall protection basics, inspection practices, OSHA regs, and harnesses fit
Harness Fit – Six steps to save your life: Proper fit and adjustment of a full body harness
Fall Clearance App – This is also available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play
FallTech Fall Protection Videos – Aggregated page of various safety videos
Miller by Honeywell